so this is an unusual circumstance and one that provides an opportunity for the president, however, like i said, very, very different plans. >> let's talk about that. you wrote a piece that i really enjoy. in that piece you wrote, you called the budget process as we now know it, a sham of sorts. how so? >> well interesting budget doesn't have a force of law. it isn't signed by the president of the united states. we didn't have a budget from 1789 to 1921. until that time, the congress just passed appropriations bills, funded wars, civil wars, the end of slavery, et cetera, et cetera. and we went through the great depression. all these things happened and we never had a budget. in 1921, a republican house, a republican senate gave warren harding republican president the ability for the first time in the history of the country to submit a budget to the congress. guess what has happened every time since then?